Michael C. Hall Heading Back to TV with Stanley Kubrick’s ‘God Fearing Man’

By August 12, 2014

We’re coming up on one year since the Showtime series “Dexter” came to an end, and now Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall will return to the small screen with a provocative new project.

THR has word that Hall will star in and executive produce “God Fearing Man,” a miniseries from eOne that will be based on an unproduced drama script from the late, great director Stanley Kubrick. The plot follows Hall as Canadian minister Herbert Emerson Wilson, a man who went on to become one of the best safe crackers and most successful American bank robbers in the early 20th century.

While that doesn’t quite sound like the kind of logline we’d expect from someone like Kubrick, maybe there’s a darker angle to the character that isn’t hinted at in the simple explanation of the story. Though Hall does seem like the kind of actor who would have fit in well in a Kubrick production, this seems a little risky, mostly because touching the work of a long gone, iconic filmmaker can be dangerous territory.

Michael Rosenberg of eOne had this to say:

Kubrick’s God Fearing Man presents a larger-than-life story with a complicated protagonist who undergoes a radical transformation. We knew we had to secure a leading man with the immense talent and charisma needed to carry the project, and we were dedicated to putting in the diligent time and effort to find the perfect fit. We cannot be more pleased to have Michael on board, who has time and again demonstrated an uncanny ability to portray captivating characters who must grapple with fundamental internal struggles.

There’s a part of me worried that this is just a variation on a character who is similar to Dexter with his internal struggles and whatnot, but maybe the script offers something more in-depth than that surface vibe indicates. Either way, since audiences loved seeing Hall as a conflicted serial killer, they’ll likely be on board with this project. No word on where there miniseries might end up, but you can bet Showtime (Hall’s former premium channel home) will probably be interested. How about you? Does this sound like something you’d like to see?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • John Winkler

    I can hardly wait to see this mini-series. I’ve read the book “I Stole $16,000,000” that has Wilson’s mug shot on the cover, and it’s very entertaining. Wilson had a very interesting life, which provides lot’s of material for a T.V series or movie. Looking forward to seeing this Kubrick project come to life!